Group Members

 Principal Investigator:

Dr. Sharon Weiss

Professor Weiss joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2005 as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and an Assistant Professor of Physics. She carried out her PhD research on silicon-based optical switches in the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester, with the support of NDSEG and Sproull fellowships. Professor Weiss's research interests span the areas of photonics, optoelectronics, materials science, and biochemistry for applications including biosensing, solid state lighting, and optical communication. Professor Weiss currently teaches EECE 252 (Signals and Communications) in the spring semesters and either EECE 395 (Photonic Crystals) or EECE 291 (Optoelectronics) in the fall semesters.

 Current Members:

    Graduate Students:

Francis Afzal

Francis Afzal received his B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from Truman State University. During his undergraduate career, Francis worked with Dr. Georgios Veronis at Louisiana State University in the field of thermophotovoltaics and Dr. Shubhra Gangopadhyay at University of Missouri - Columbia in plasmonic and photonic enhancement of fluorescence imaging. Francis is currently pursuing a PhD in Electrical Engineering, with research focused on photonic crystal cavities and optomechanics.

Tengfei Cao

Tengfei Cao received his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Fudan University in 2015. He is now pursuing a Ph.D in Interdisciplinary Materials Science Program at Vanderbilt University. His current research is focused on porous silicon based biosensing devices.

Joshua Fain

Joshua received his B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 2012. Prior to this he received a B.S. in recording industry with an emphasis in production and technology from Middle Tennessee State University in 2006. Joshua's current research interests include metal-oxide functionalized porous Si for energy storage, piezoelectric, and memristor applications.

Sam Halimi

Sam received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Lipscomb University in 2016. He is pursuing a PhD in Electrical Engineering, and his current research interests include FDTD simulation and silicon photonics/photonic crystals with applications in optical communication.

Kevin Miller

Kevin received his B.S. in physics from Valparaiso University in May of 2013. Pursuing his PhD in the Interdisciplinary Materials Science Program, he is currently working on hybrid silicon photonic modulators and detectors.

Vijayashree Parsi sreenivas

VJ received her B.Sc in Electronics from Bangalore University, India. Later she received M.Sc in Electrical Engineering from National Univeristy of Singapore. She is pursuing her Phd in the Physics and Astronomy Department at Vanderbilt University. Her current research focus is on fabrication and characterization of two dimensional bowtie photonic crystal structures.

Landen Ryder

Landen Ryder received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama in 2016. Pursuing a PhD in Electrical Engineering, he is currently working on the correlation of laser and ion induced effects in semiconductor devices and materials.

Yiliang Zhao

Yiliang Zhao received her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Nanjing University, China. She is now pursuing a Ph.D in Interdisciplinary Materials Science Program at Vanderbilt University. After completing her research rotations, Yiliang joined the Weiss group in 2011. Her current research focuses on porous silicon based optical biosensing devices.



Past Members